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Blue Lakes are a very popular destination in the San Juan Mountains and is a gem in the Mt. Sneffles Wilderness. These lakes present breathtaking views of glacial lakes with relatively easy access. Enjoy views across Blue Lakes to Dallas peak and other jagged mountain peaks by hiking above Lower Blue Lake. Continue to Upper Blue Lake for views of shoulders of Mt. Sneffels and Gilpin Peak.

Many people use Lower Blue Lake as a base camp to attempt one of the 14ers, Mt. Sneffels, or just pass the lakes on the way up.

All-Day Hike: Blue Lakes is easiest accessed from Blue Lakes Trail up the East Fork Dallas Creek drainage. Follow the Blue Lakes Trail up for 3 miles to reach Lower Blue Lake and continue for another half a mile to reach Upper Blue Lake.

Gem Type: Lake

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Sarah Baker

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Aug 19, 2018
Jen Kearns
Mar 31, 2018
Katie K
Sep 5, 2017
Sam Jay
Aug 22, 2017
CJ O'Reilly
Stellar morning hike up to the blue lakes. Will make sure to camp around here next time I hike Mt. Sneffles.
Jul 19, 2017
Sarah Hartman
Beautiful!
Jun 30, 2017
Nicole King

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